What More Can a Mystery Addict Ask? (Limited)

Although Agatha Christie takes us into the story through the eyes of a third person, her words still offer us the thrills and suspense only allowed to the fourteen passengers on the train, “the Orient Express.” Christie’s writing will place you right in the train, and step by step lead you toward the resolution with the help of Poirot. A Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, will take you in and out of the twelve passenger compartments to the restaurant car in solving the mysterious murder of an American businessman, Ratchett. And better yet, the train is locked and dead still because of the snow. Where is the murderer? On the train!
Agatha Christie has done a magical job in depicting the scenes through the three parts of the book, each containing short sections that explain different aspects of the case. Paying attention to her delicate use of words will pay off. The book gives all the evidences and explanations as Poirot receives as one reads through the pages. In other words, the readers are given the same opportunity to solve the mystery before Detective Poirot reaches to the conclusion. To solve or not the case is solely up to the readers. Are you up for the challenge?
Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Poirot Versus the Murderer? No, Poirot Versus You!

“Why am I reading this?” I thought to myself whenever a word, sentence, paragraph or even a whole chapter seemed insignificant. It was not that they were bad- they were all delicately written and explained for readers to easily understand and grasp the meaning. However, they seemed to not match with other parts of the book. Indeed, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express seemed a mystery book without a mystery to my eyes, at least until the latter half of the book.
Christie then started recollecting all the scattered pieces of information into one, larger picture. Now it was a mystery for me to not have noticed the relevance between the information- for a moment, I was amazed and amused at myself for having read the pieces without noticing their significances. I was able to come up with three resolutions to the mystery case, all of which were completely wrong.
The incident dates back to the murder of Armstrong’s young daughter, by unveiled kidnappers. The Armstrong’s family fell in great depression, and all of the members die tragically due to the trauma. Many years later, the head of the unveiled kidnappers, Ratchett, is now a successful American businessman traveling on the Orient Express. But shortly after, he was found murdered. As Poirot step by step comes close to solving the mystery, he finds out that all of the passengers have something in common: they are all related to the Armstrong’s. Who could be, then, the actual murderer of Ratchett?
Unfortunately, I did lose. Hercule Poirot reached the resolution before I was able to. He knew very well how he should act in a book of mystery genre, and was very careful with his words. He did give all the pieces of information he had, but not necessarily in the words that could have given away the answer. Pretty cunning, but that was what allowed the suspense to be carried until the very last word of the novel.
The beauty of this book does not lie in its short number of pages and big font, but lies in the fact that Agatha Christie draws such firm and stable connections between the characters. Had other authors tried to connect fourteen characters with precision of Christie’s, it is most likely that she failed the mystery. However, Agatha Christie does a very excellent job of this. I wish you the best luck in solving the mystery.
One last advice: believe whatever the characters say in the Orient Express, as they are true. What you are not to believe, is yourself. Think outside the box, and you will find out the murderer before Poirot.

Author Biography
Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie was born in England on September 15th, 1890. Her father was an American, while her mother was a British. Some wonder how Christie was able to acquire such affluent knowledge of poisons in her novels. She learned most of medicine during World War I, when she worked at a hospital and later a pharmacy. Her other famous works include And There Were None, The Mousetrap, Murder on the Links, and The Alphabet Murders. Almost all of her stories were made into film or television play that it is impossible to list them all.

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